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Rays Hold on for Win Against White Sox

The Tampa Bay Rays won the third and decisive game of their series with the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field. The win for the Rays continued a stretch that has seen them play very well. Manager Kevin Cash has been very pleased with what he has seen so far in the 2017 season. The Rays record is now 31-31. This is certainly a quantum leap from the 2016 campaign which saw them buried in last place of the American League’s eastern division.

 

The most recent win against the White Sox did not come without some adversity. The Rays jumped out to a 6-0 nothing lead. The team then lost their aggressiveness and failed to keep adding on to their lead. The White Sox mounted a spirited comeback that was almost successful. The White Sox roared back and made it 6-5. However, Colby Rasmus blasted a homer in the bottom of the eighth inning for an insurance run the Rays were happy to get. Alex Colome pitched the ninth inning to nail down the 7-5 victory. Kevin Cash said that this game should serve as a cautionary tale moving forward. He added that you can never let your foot off the gas pedal at this level. You need to keep tacking on runs no matter how big of a lead you get.

 

Cash has been especially pleased with the way his closer has pitched. Colome has quickly developed into one of the best stoppers in the game. Rays catcher Derek Norris also had a big game against the White Sox. He hit a couple of homers off Derek Holland. Peter Bourjos added a solo homer of his own. This continued the trend this season of the Rays hitting homers in bunches. It was a triumphant return for Bourjos. He had been on the disabled list because of a problem with his elbow. This was his first game back. The Rays remain convinced they will be a factor in the playoff race.

Buccaneers Wrap Up Training Sessions

During the 2016 NFL season several different teams in the NFL took the next step forward and looked like they could soon compete for a Super Bowl. Of all of the most improving teams in the league, the most exciting seemed to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During the 2016 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up finishing with 9 wins and 7 losses, which was good for second place in their division.

 

After a successful 2016 season, the Buccaneers are now going through a tough offseason campaign that is coming to a conclusion (http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Mini-Camp-Math-How-Will-It-Add-Up/114a490e-e07a-466f-ac44-02ef84a1eabf). The offseason will be ending with a mandatory three-day training camp, which will be the last team activity before the summer workouts and preseason start in late July.

 

While the Buccaneers had a very good 2016 season, they have also made a lot of moves that will help to make them even better next year. One of the biggest moves they made was in the draft. The Buccaneers were considered one of the big winners in the draft by getting OJ Howard in the middle of the first round. OJ Howard last year was a top tight end playing for the University of Alabama. He was considered one of the best players in the draft, but took a very surprising fall to number 19 in the draft. Having Howard should help to open up the offense, which will help Jameis Winston continue to improve and evolve as a player.

 

Beyond Howard, the Buccaneers have had a lot of questions answered during the last few months. While many of the training camp sessions are voluntary, most players on the Buccaneers chose to attend the sessions. This could be a very encouraging sign for a team that is looking to come together and compete with the rest of the division. The Buccaneers will have their hands full in their division, which includes the last two Super Bowl representatives from the NFC conference.

 

McKay is Rays #1 Draft Pick:

They might use him as a hitter, or they might use him as a pitcher. Either way, Tampa Bay picked up one heck of an athlete in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.

 

With the fourth overall pick, the Rays selected Brendan McKay from Louisville. A first baseman and a right-handed pitcher, McKay has won the John Olerud award the last three years. The award is given annually to the best two-way player in college baseball. At the plate this season, McKay hit .343 with 17 home runs (four of which came in one game vs. Eastern Kentucky), 56 RBIs, 13 doubles, and 54 runs scored. On the mound, he was 10-3 with a 2.34 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 104 innings of work. McKay’s glove work also should not be overlooked as he had a .984 fielding percentage. Your text to link…

 

But the honors do not stop there. Baseball America selected him as its National Player of the Year, and he is also a finalist for the Dick Howser Award for college baseball’s top player. No surprise, he was voted the ACC Player of the Year. Before this season, McKay was an All-ACC First Team selection in 2015 and 2016, landed on a number of All-American teams, and was selected as the Collegiate Baseball Freshman of the Year. McKay’s selection by Tampa Bay comes as Louisville gears up for the College World Series.

 

The Rays have had a pretty decent track record with Number One draft picks. B.J. (now Melvin) Upton had a very productive time with the team before moving on to the Braves, Padres, and now Blue Jays. Evan Longoria is considered the face of the franchise, and David Price was a four-time All-Star and a Cy Young winner during his time in Tampa Bay.

 

The Field Goal Kick That Landed a Win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday’s night NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers started with both teams holding one and three records. By fourth quarter Business Insider reported the teams were tied 14 and 14 until Buccaneers’ rookie kicker, Roberto Aquayo kicked the football straight down the middle of the field landing a win for the team. It was the best play performance for the rookie who had missed two previous kicks in the second quarter and fourth quarter.

 

 

Aquayo never missed a kick while playing for Florida State University inside 40 yards, but is struggling on the Bucs team. His struggles turned into victory after his team players provided him support on the sidelines right before the winning kick of the day. Thus far Aquayo has a field goal kicking record of four of eight for the season.

 

 

Preseason was difficult for the rookie kicker in the beginning after missing two field goals and an effort to kick the extra point field goal in the first and second week. By the end of the final two weeks of preseason, Aquayo was five for five. He finished the preseason with eight of 10 field goals.

 

 

Buccaneers coach, Dirk Koetter spoke to ESPN and said that he has concerns about the rookie kicker when most kickers are able to make goals inside of 50 yards when the weather permits. The first missing kick Aquayo made was during the second quarter which was 33 yards out. This happened at Carolina 30-yard line after Russell Shepard recovered Ted Ginn Jr.’s punt. The second missed field goal happened in the fourth quarter after Brent Grimes made a touchdown interception in the end-zone.

 

 

Coach Koetter applauded the Buccaneers team players who encouraged Roberto Aquayo on the sideline before the field goal kick. The team support and power actions of defense to get the ball back and Jameis Winston leading the offense gave him another opportunity to make a field goal. Koetter continues to have concerns about the rookie after a loss to Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago. He missed a 41-yard field goal which would have given the Buccaneers the lead. Koetter is pleased with the overall performance of the NFL team and the winning field goal.

 

Four Tampa Bay Buccaneer Players Receive Injuries After Last Week’s Game Against the Cardinals

Last Sunday’s NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ad Arizona Cardinals left Buccaneer players Doug Martin, Robert Ayers, Cecil Shorts III and Donovan Smith with injuries. During the first half of last week’s game, Martin injured his right hamstring which will leave him sidelined over a three-week period. Other players received bodily injuries, including Ayers and Stocker ankle injuries and Smith injury to his hip. The players maybe injured but the Buccaneers Coach Dirk Koetter is confident in the team and believes they have what it takes to win this Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Yahoo Sports reported Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers are expected to replace Martin for the next three weeks or until he fully recovers.

 

 

Rodgers showcased his skills during the game against the Cardinals by breaking a 24-yard run and finishing with 29 yards on two efforts, the best for the Buccaneers. Sims also proved his abilities by rushing 529 yards and gaining another 561 yards on 51 receptions that gave the team a huge push. The Buccaneers worked hard the whole week to face the Rams on Sunday. Coach Koetter admitted he has some concerns involving offense now that Martin is sidelined for a few weeks.

 

 

Doug Martin received recognition as the NFL’s second leading rusher when he ran for 1,402 yards and scored six touchdowns. He recently signed a five-year contract in the amount of $35 million during off-season. While Martin heals from his hamstring injuries, it is obvious the Buccaneers may encounter some challenges during this Sunday’s game against the Rams.

 

 

Rodgers and Sims had to prove themselves during practice, but who will officially replace Martin is unknown. Coach Koetter is careful about disclosing information about the upcoming game against the Rams. The Buccaneers and Rams share the same record with one win and one lost each.

 

 

The Buccaneers and Coach Dirk Koetter are self-assured the team players are prepared to overcome challenges when playing against the Rams. The injuries of the leading rusher, defensive end, receiver and left tackle players will not leave the Bucs helpless. Other team players have their backs and plan to defeat the Rams this Sunday’s game.

 

Tampa Wins Out In Super Bowl Bid

Tampa Bay has found a stroke of luck in the Super Bowl sweepstakes. The city originally entered a bid to host the big game. However, Los Angeles had become a sexy attraction. The league scheduled the 2021 Super Bowl to be held in the new stadium that would be home to the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. However, delays have been reported in the building of the new attraction in Southern California. The NFL had concerns about the venue’s ability the host its premiere event. There are also league rules in place which states that a host Stadium must be in working fashion for at least two full football seasons in order to be qualified for hosting a Super Bowl.

 

The Tampa Bay venue has been in place for quite some time and its staff is familiar with the needs of hosting such an event. The NFL felt more comfortable with moving the big game to Florida. This comes as a pleasant surprise to the city of Tampa Bay, which had lost its 2020 bid for the Superbowl to Miami.

 

Tampa Bay has great experience with hosting premier events. The Super Bowl has taken place in Tampa during the 1998, 1991, 2001 and 2009 seasons. The citizens and officials of Tampa Bay, Florida are prepared to bring the very lucrative game back to their city and show that they can operate on entertainment’s biggest stage.

 

Raymond James Stadium was constructed as the new home for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It sits adjacent the old location and opened its doors in 1998. During construction it was known as Tampa Bay Community Stadium. Eventually naming rights were sold for 32.5 million dollars. In 2006 the naming rights where renewed in order to keep the familiar title of Tampa Bay’s local venue. It has hosted big events in the past including the ACC Championship game in 2009. It is also home to the Bulls of South Florida University.

 

The stadium is affectionately known as “Ray Jay” by the local fans. Several unique features highlight Raymond James Stadium including the life-sized pirate ship that fires cannons every time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make a score.

 

 

 

Tampa Receives Unanimous Bid to Host Super Bowl LV

In a one-day meeting, NFL owners voted unanimously to have Tampa host the February 2021 Super Bown LV.

 

The decision was made in the midst of construction delays hitting the proposed Los Angeles Stadium — which the Rams and Chargers will share — caused by heavy rainfall in the area. Los Angeles had previously been the favorite to host Super Bowl LV. However, the NFL regulates that teams hosting the Super Bowl must have stadiums that have been operational for at least two seasons.

 

Super Bowl LV will be the first NFL championship held in Tampa since 2009, when the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. This will be the fifth Super Bowl that Tampa will host.

 

“The Tampa Bay area has enjoyed great success over the years hosting Super Bowls and we look forward to working with our local leaders in the coming months to meet the requirements for hosting Super Bowl LV in 2021,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer. Tampa still needs to ensure the commitment of local hotels, event venues, and business leaders before the bid becomes official.

 

Tampa was lauded for its hosting of the College Football National Championship game this past January. By the time the Super Bowl returns to the city, its Raymond James Stadium will have undergone a $150 million renovation.

 

Tampa representatives were worried after being rejected for hosting the Super Bowl in 2019 and 2020, which Atlanta and then Miami won the rights to. With the possibility of more cold weather Super Bowls taking place in the near future, the city was glad to receive the 2021 bid.

 

“Hosting our fifth super bowl has been a top priority for quite some time,” said Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “It’s something we monitor on a daily basis in terms of the national landscape for future years and certainly we had seen some of the reports bubble up and the conversations became much more tangible in the last few days.”

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Add Valuable Pieces

During the 2016 NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked like one of the most exciting young teams in the NFL. Behind the continued development of quarterback Jameis Winston, the team took a big step forward and finished the season with 9 wins and 7 losses, which was good for second place in the NFC South. As we continue to approach the 2017 NFL season, the Bucs appear ready to take another step forward and compete for the division title (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/desean-jacksons-game-changing-speed-is-already-on-display-at-buccaneers-otas/).

 

One of the main reasons for excitement for the Bucs will continue to be the talent added to the offense. The team was already one of the most dynamic in the NFL, but has added a bunch of players that will make them tougher to stop. The team recently signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who is one of the top deep ball threats in the league. He should be able to open up the offense a lot and create more running lanes for the team’s running backs.

 

Another big addition for the Bucs will be tight end OJ Howard. Howard previously played for the University of Alabama and was considered one of the top players in the draft. Surprisingly, he ended up dropping all the way to pick 18 in the draft, and could have found a great fit with the Bucs. Howard will likely fill a big void on the team and will greatly open up the center of the field and will be a big target for Winston. He recently signed his official contract, which means that he will be available for the team during all parts of the offseason, including OTAs and the eventual preseason practices.

 

While the Bucs have clearly added some big pieces to their team, the very tough NFC South division will be hard to compete in as all four teams will compete. The favorite for the division will likely be the Atlanta Falcons, which won it in 2016 and lost a heart breaking game in the Super Bowl. Also in their division is the Carolina Panthers, which won the division in 2015 and lost the Super Bowl that year. The fourth team, the New Orleans Saints, will continue be led by Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.

Super Bowl LV Reportedly Set for Tampa

The rains of Southern California have helped plant the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars to flow into the Tampa market 2021. That’s because the National Football League (NFL) is reportedly ready to award the rights to Super Bowl LV to Tampa, with the vote by NFL owners reportedly a unanimous one.

 

The reason that Tampa will be the beneficiary of this financial boon is because the original city for that contest, Los Angeles, fell victim to torrential rains over a crucial period of time. That resulted in construction on the new stadium being built there to stop work for close to two months. With the timeline for completion already tight, the belief was that the construction wouldn’t be finished in time for the game, which will now be played in the city in 2022.

 

When the announcement was made that construction would push back the finish a full year, the reason given was that the rains that began in early January came during the mass excavation portion of the work. This pivotal period requires that other work that might ordinarily be going on come to a halt. Thus, no work for was performed for much of that time, and because a rule requiring that a stadium be open two seasons before hosting a Super Bowl was on the league books, the change had to be made.

 

The new stadium will eventually be the brand new home of the Los Angeles Rams and former San Diego Chargers, the latter of whom announced plans to move to the city this past January. In the Chargers’ case, the team was coming full circle since the franchise began in Los Angeles as a member of the American Football League. The Rams also made a return last year after 21 playing seasons in St. Louis.

 

Assuming that the vote becomes official, Super Bowl LV will mark the fifth time that the city has hosted the festivities. What usually focused on a single day has expanded to a full week, resulting in a huge financial boost for the entire community.

 

The four previous contests were held in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009. The 1991 clash came against the backdrop of the early days of the Gulf War.

 

 

Tampa To Host the Bowl

Due to unexpected inclement weather in southern California over the winter, Super Bowl LV, which was initially intended to be played in the New Rams/Chargers stadium, will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fl. Uncharacteristic torrential rains contributed to delays in building the new Los Angeles stadium, and construction in now on schedule to be completed in the summer of 2020. It has been reported that up to two months were lost due to the series of downpours and the terrible timing in which they occurred. By pushing the date back until the summer of 2020, ample time will be given for the complete construction of the new stadium, while still accounting for any unexpected weather-related delays. Although this is an unexpected blow to the Chargers and Rams fandom and to the city of Los Angeles all is not lost, as Super Bowl, LVI will reportedly be held in Los Angeles. Your text to link…

While this new move will represent some disappointment for the city of Los Angeles, it represents an incredible opportunity for the city of Tampa as this represents the fifth time that the city has hosted America’s largest sporting event. This comes as a surprise as Tampa was originally in the running to host the Superbowl in 2016, along with Miami, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have until August 25 to get their stadium up to the standards required by the league to host the event, and as Raymond James Stadium is in the midst of a $150 million renovation, should offer the city and the fans an incredible experience. During the annual owners meeting in which the 32 team owners meet, it was the general sentiment that hosting an event of this magnitude, could offer up a myriad of potential problems and was not worth the risk. Tampa proved to be the logical choice as a replacement due to its optimal weather and history of success hosting the Superbowl. As per the NFL rulebook, a stadium must be in full operation for at least two seasons before it is eligible for hosting the Superbowl.